b°tong is chris sigdell, former member of nid (german experimental sound-collective that existed from 1995 to 2005). b°tong reaches for the nether regions of experimental electronic sound. born in the winter of 2004 it is a full-time project, and apart from your average live appearance, b°tong has appeared on festivals such as: sinus-series (basel 2006), ausklang (hamburg 2006), shift (basel 2007), and has played at radio stations radio dio (france) and vm.radio (greece). b°tong has also collaborated with other artists, partaking in installations and video-projects. his tours, so far, have taken him to belgium, france, germany, netherlands, spain, and greece. switzerland remains a mystery… the video to sphere II (from the polar:is CD) has been shown at the 2007 miami art fair as part of the urban nomad filmfestival.
b°tong is influenced by the original purveyors of industrial muzak and early pioneers of experimental electronics. his music varies from dark ambient layers of sound, brooding drones, itchy-scratchy tones to weird electronics or harsh noise. It is improvised on the spot. the sounds created give birth to images of darkness and tranquillity, the solitude of an icy polar night, or the equivalent of an underwater journey in a bottomless pit. welcome to the darker side of laptop histrionics.
b°tong uses field-recordings, samples of natural sounds, and processes his voice. live, he plays with effect-pedals, sampler, microphones, self-made noise generator, casio, and uses “instruments” such as: metal, ventilator, vibrator, toy-engine, and kitchen utensils.
untitled - 3"CD (verato project, 05) ltd. to 120
wider der elektronik schlecht gewissen - 7"+MCD (p.b.b., 05) ltd. to 50, re-released as 3”CD ltd. to 14
tilt no.9 - CD compl. (1000+1 TiLt, 05) with: "waves to the shore"
polar:is - CD (1000+1 TiLt, 06)
one man drone - 12" EP compl. (mayo rec./p.b.b., 06) with: "to raise a thief in your midst"
nid: plate tectonics - CD + ltd. 3”CD with b°tong & f.t.b.p.d. (auf abwegen, 07)
grindweh - 7" endless track compl. (a tree in afield/saeurefabrik, 07) with: "grindarsch"
microsleep - CD (verato project, 07) ltd. to 60
el inventor del schabernack - CD (l.ike a.n e.verflowing s.tream, 07).